|Minor league affiliations|
|Previous classes||Class A (1988–2020)|
|League||Midwest League (2022–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Cincinnati Reds (1999–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (0)||None|
|Division titles (6)|
|Name||Dayton Dragons (2000–present)|
|Mascots||Heater, Gem, and Wink|
|Ballpark||Day Air Ballpark (2000–present)|
|Marinelli Field (1988–1999)|
|Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC|
|General manager||Robert Murphy|
The Dayton Dragons are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the High-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. They are located in Dayton, Ohio, and play their home games at Day Air Ballpark, formerly known as Fifth Third Field. In 2011, they broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Dragons came to Dayton in 2000 as the franchise was relocated from Rockford, Illinois. The franchise was previously known as the Rockford Expos (then Royals, Cubbies, and Reds). In 2021, the Dragons and 11 other teams that had previously competed in the Midwest League entered the High-A Central as Major League Baseball completed a large restructuring of the minor leagues. This was a temporary name change, with the historical "Midwest League" moniker returning for the 2022 season.
The team's home park is Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, formerly (until 2020) known as Fifth Third Field. During its first season, the Dragons set a Minor League Baseball Class-A single-season attendance record of 581,853. The Dragons broke that record in 2003 and again in 2004. The Dragons broke the record again in 2010 with a season attendance total of 597,433, which still stands as the Class-A record.
The Dragons have averaged 8,258 fans per game over their 21-year history (through the 2021 season). They have led the Class-A level in attendance in every year of their existence and have finished first among all teams below the Triple-A level for 15 straight seasons from 2006 to 2019 and in 2021 (there was no season in 2020).
On July 9, 2011, the Dragons officially set a new record of 815 consecutive sellout games. The sellout streak is the longest across all professional sports in the US, passing the previous record set by the Portland Trail Blazers from 1977–1995. On May 10, 2014, the streak of consecutive sellouts reached 1,000 games. According to the official team website, every home game in the team's first 20 years (prior to the canceled 2020 season) was a sellout. The streak now stands at 1,385 consecutive sold-out games, an all-time record for sports in North America.
In 2020, the team's stadium was renamed from Fifth Third Field to Day Air Ballpark.
In 2014, the founding ownership group, Peter Guber's Mandalay Baseball Properties, sold the team to Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC, led by Greg Rosenbaum, Nicholas Sakellariadis, and Michael Savit.
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|2000||70||67||.511||4th in MWL East||2||3||.400||Defeated West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 2–1 |
Lost to Michigan in League Semifinals, 0–2
|2001||82||57||.590||2nd in MWL East||2||2||.500||Defeated Lansing in League Quarterfinals, 2–0|
Lost to South Bend in League Semifinals, 0–2
|2002||73||67||.521||4th in MWL East||0||2||.000||Lost to West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 0–2|
|2003||61||78||.439||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2004||48||92||.343||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2005||60||79||.432||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2006||67||73||.479||5th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2007||78||62||.557||3rd in MWL East||1||2||.333||Lost to South Bend in League Quarterfinals, 1–2|
|2008||66||72||.478||2nd in MWL East||2||2||.500||Defeated Lansing in League Quarterfinals, 2–0|
Lost to South Bend In League Semifinals, 0–2
|2009||59||80||.425||4th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2010||53||85||.384||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2011||83||57||.593||1st in MWL East||1||2||.333||Lost to Lansing In League Quarterfinals, 1–2|
|2012||60||78||.435||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2013||65||74||.468||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2014||68||70||.493||3rd in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2015||71||68||.511||5th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2016||47||93||.336||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2017||71||69||.507||4th in MWL East||3||3||.500||Defeated West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 2–1|
Lost to Fort Wayne in League Semifinals, 1–2
|2018||58||80||.420||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2019||58||82||.414||7th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|2020||0||0||.000||Season Canceled||–||–||–||No Playoffs|
|2021||65||55||.542||T-1st in High-A Central East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
Through the 2021 season, 117 Dragons players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball since the team's move to Dayton in 2000. The following are notable players whose minor league career included playing for the Dayton Dragons, including the years they played in Dayton.
The Dragons have had eleven managers in their history:
Additionally, past Dragons coaching staffs have included three inductees into the Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Fame as players:
Radio: All Dragons home and road games are broadcast on radio on 980 WONE, with Tom Nichols as the lead broadcaster. The broadcasts are also available via the internet at daytondragons.com and wone.com and on mobile devices via the Dragons mobile app. Dragons radio broadcasts moved to WONE starting with the 2011 season after Dragons games aired on WING 1410 AM from 2003-2010 and on WHIO 1290 AM from 2000–2002. Nichols has served as the Dragons Director of Broadcasting and lead play-by-play announcer since the 2008 season. Mike Vander Woude was the team's primary broadcaster from 2000–2007. All home and road games have been broadcast throughout the Dragons history.
Television: The Dragons have televised 25 games per season since the 2011 season with Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols serving as the lead announcer. In 2016, telecasts moved to WBDT (Dayton's CW) as games appeared on an over-the-air network station for the first time in Dragons history. Since the 2016 season, WDTN sports director Jack Pohl has teamed with Nichols on Dragons television broadcasts. From 2001–2010, the Dragons television schedule included 15 games per season before the number of broadcasts was increased to 25 in 2011. The Dragons televised five games in their inaugural season of 2000. Dragons games were televised on WHIO-TV digital channel 7.2 (Time Warner Cable channels 23 and 372) from 2009–2015. Games were televised on Time Warner Cable from 2000–2008. Over the years, Dragons color commentators on television broadcasts have included Joe Nuxhall, Ken Griffey Sr., Tom Browning, Ron Oester, Bill Doran, Tommy Helms, Todd Benzinger, Doug Bair, Jeff Reboulet, and Hal McCoy, among others.